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Feb 03, 2017

PM Orbán: The wave of illegal immigrants could be stopped if Italy changed its position on migration

PM Orbán traveled to Malta for an informal European Union summit to discuss the recent global political changes and the migrant crisis

Following his meeting with President Putin in Budapest, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán traveled to Malta today for an informal European Union summit to discuss the recent global political changes and the migrant crisis.

The prime minister said that the wave of illegal immigrants could be stopped outside the European Union if Italy changed its position on migration.

According to MTI, PM Orbán said that the new Italian government could join the “club of countries which think that the situation is unacceptable and migrants must be stopped outside the EU.”

PM Orbán argued that with Italy’s cooperation migrants could be returned to Libya rather than allowed to enter Europe. He warned against “allowing migrants to enter first and then work to solve their problems” and suggested that assistance should be provided where the problems arise rather than “allowing the problems into our territory”.

The prime minister also voiced his surprise at “neurotic European reactions” to the US entry ban on citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries. He noted that the US was an independent country and as such it had the sovereign right to define “its own border, foreign and migration policies”.

“What we think about that does not matter; it is not a European business. We must focus on ourselves, tackle our own problems rather than pass judgment over the United States," PM Orbán insisted.